King Nebuchadnezzar, To the nations and peoples of every language, who live in all the earth: May you prosper greatly! It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has performed for me. How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an eternal kingdom; his dominion endures from generation to generation.
At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes towards heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honoured and glorified him who lives for ever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation.
Daniel 4:1-3, 34 (NIV)
Nebuchadnezzar was an illustrious king. He was a mighty king. He had had many victories and had conquered many nations. The story of Daniel is one of a defeated nation (Judah) and the captives who were transported to Babylon, some of whom served King Nebuchadnezzar in his palace.
Have you ever been amazed by God’s coincidences? Think about it –
- if Nebuchadnezzar had not defeated Judah and taken Jerusalem;
- if Daniel had not been taken captive;
- if Daniel had not been chosen to serve the king;
- if Nebuchadnezzar had not had dreams;
- if Daniel could not interpret dreams;
- if Daniel had not loved God
then Nebuchadnezzar would never have been introduced to the one true God and he would not have been able to say what is recorded in Daniel 4:2-3 and 34.
It is absolutely mind-blowing how God can use circumstances like these to achieve his purposes. We have to acknowledge that the people of Judah would have preferred not to have been defeated, taken captive and transported to Babylon. Yet even in these ‘negative’ circumstances God was achieving his positive outcomes.
Whatever your personal circumstances, ask God to use you in the way he chooses, to achieve his positive outcomes in your life and in the lives of others.